Lottery winnings can’t buy eternity

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist

I just read there were four grand prize winners in the latest Mega Millions lotto drawing.

The drawing was held last week and it was worth $330 million. But that is not all. There are other winners. According to a news release, 36 other players matched all five numbers in the lottery but not the Mega Ball number.

Those five will receive $250,000 each.

Oh, the lottery madness. I experienced it first-hand. I was on a trip to Lubbock and did not start home until after dark. On the way out of town, I stopped at a convenience store to fill up with gas. I paid at the pump but went into the store to buy gum and a Diet Coke. That’s when I learned that people really do take the lottery and choosing numbers seriously.

I opened the door and saw a long line of customers stretched from the counter to the door. I stood at the end of the line hoping the string of people would move quickly.

I soon realized that those ahead of me were buying lottery tickets. There seemed to be an air of expectancy and anticipation in the group.

In front of me, a woman in a red-striped blouse clutched a $50 bill in her hand. Another was counting out $1 bills.

“I got the lucky numbers this time,” she said. “I have a system. I chose the birthday dates of all my kids and then the date of my wedding anniversary, and my parents’ wedding anniversary.”

The line edged forward and a man spoke up. He revealed how he had chosen numbers for the “big one.”

“Well, I assigned all the books in the New Testament a number. Then I picked those numbers out of a jar. The ones I got are my picks — I feel real good about this.”

In the midst of the laughter another man added: “I am leaving it to Lady Luck … I know she is on my side.”

A woman responded, “If I won the lottery that would be the best news I could ever hear. All my problems would be solved. My Corvette is already picked out and I would buy the biggest house and new houses for all my kids. We would all be set for life.”

What about you? What is the best news you could ever hear? Winning a lottery worth $330 million. Being able to buy new cars, new houses, and all debts paid and plenty left over the years. Life long financial security.

The best news any of us could ever hear doesn’t involve money. It is a free gift available to everyone. Peter wrote to Christians of long ago: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy, he has given us the new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, perish or fade kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

That inheritance will endure for all time and eternity. It can’t be spent, wasted or stolen. Further, money cannot buy anything of value for eternity.

I don’t have the riches of the world but I am rich. Eternity for me is secure and not because of a lottery ticket.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: